Eating plant-based, vegetarian and vegan is on the rise and you may have a guest or two at your Thanksgiving table who does not eat meat or animal products. What can you do to make them feel welcome at your Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas dinner?
Ask questions of your vegetarian and vegan and plant-based guests in advance what foods they would cook or enjoy at their holiday dinner table. Are they strictly vegan or are they ova-lacto vegetarians? Do they eat fish? For your guests who eat mainly plant-based is there a poultry dish that is acceptable?
You don't have to cook an entire vegan or vegetarian or plant-based meal for your guests. Add a few vegan appetizers and side dishes. Choose recipes with ingredients that are familiar to you. Olive oil, vegetable oil, apples, pumpkin, squash, mushrooms, eggplant, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, zucchini, lentils, barley, chickpeas are ingredients that are familiar to omnivores.
Avoid recipes that use honey, cheese, milk, eggs or butter if you are cooking for vegans. Vegans, unlike ova-lacto vegetarians or plant-based guests, consume absolutely no animal products. Ova-lacto vegetarians eat eggs, milk, cheese and butter. There are vegan substitutes for all four items, but if you are unfamiliar with these ingredients, it is best not to experiment on Thanksgiving Hanukkah or Christmas.
The impression is that people who eat a plant-based diet spend a lot of money on food. This is simply not the case. If you are not sure where to shop or what to buy to cook for those that do not eat animal products, ask your vegetarian friends to take you along on a shopping trip to their favorite market. Bring your shopping list along with you; ask your friend for advice on what to buy and how much so you can prepare a few affordable dishes for your plant-based, vegetarian and vegan guests to enjoy.
Still not sure if the dishes you choose will accommodate your vegetarian or vegan guests? Politely ask your guests to prepare and bring a favorite side dish, main dish and/or dessert with them. You may be happily surprised out how willing your guests are to share their favorite foods with others.
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